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Water for Elephants

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PEOPLE's Review: Water for Elephants | Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson

PEOPLE's Review: Water for Elephants

Originally posted 04/22/2011 07:00AM

Water for Elephants' most compelling star is gorgeous, nails her scenes, and pretty much runs away with the movie – not too shabby for an elephant competing for screen time with two of Hollywood's biggest names.

Based on Sara Gruen's enormously popular novel, the movie is ostensibly about the love between two people: former veterinary student Jacob (Robert Pattinson), a stowaway on the Benzini Brothers traveling circus, and Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), the show's headliner. But with sluggish action and a patent lack of chemistry, the two-legged actors just can't compete with the pachyderm's charms.

Water (rated PG-13) is, for its faults, beautiful to watch. The actors are gorgeous, of course, and the sets and costumes artfully recreate the wonder of a Depression-era circus. Fact is, it might all be too pretty, missing the grime and grit that added to the book's sense that all was not right aboard the Benzini Brothers train.

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Robert Pattinson Falls for Reese Witherspoon in Water for Elephants

Originally posted 12/16/2010 02:50PM

Forget Bella! Robert Pattinson woos Reese Witherspoon in the new trailer for the film adaptation of Sara Gruen's bestselling novel Water for Elephants, which is due in theaters in April 2011.

Pattinson plays Jacob, a veterinary student who joins a traveling circus during the Great Depression. He falls for the show's sultry star Marlena (played by Witherspoon), who's involved with the Ringleader, played by Christoph Waltz.

"You're a beautiful woman, you deserve a beautiful life," Jacob tells Marlena, but the Ringleader seems determined to keep them apart.

Sounds like a love triangle of Twilight proportions!


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